An Interview with: Robin Wyatt Dunn

steampunk fairy tale anthologyTo celebrate the impeding release of Once Upon a Clockwork Tale in June, I’ve invited my fellow authors for interviews about their writing and what drew them to the project. You can check out the previous interview with Ella Grey here. Tomorrow, we’ll be talking with Matt Mitrovich.

Today, we’re talking with Robin Wyatt Dunn. Robin’s story Hands and Grater is a truly original retelling of “Hansel and Gretel.”

Hands and Grater don’t understand their mother’s unique love for them. For how much love can a machine truly give? As Grimm originally intended, this is a bildungsroman, a tale of two young people coming of age in a time and place filled with danger and joy. The time has come for brother and sister to leave the nest, and learn their true nature, and the nature of their mother.

About Robin: Robin Wyatt Dunn lives in The Town of the Queen of the Angels, El Pueblo de la Reina de Los Angeles, in Echo Park.  He is 33 years old, and an Associate Member of the Horror Writers Association. You can find him at

He is currently doing a Kickstarter (ends May 20th) to raise funds for a first printing of his new novel, MY NAME IS DEE, a Los Angeles noir. You can learn more here:

Kat: What drew you to a project around fairy tale retellings? Why do you think these stories continue to fascinate people?

Robin:  As Gene Wolfe says, fantasy is perhaps the oldest narrative form used by mankind.  As such, it is a fundamental part of our consciousness.

Kat: What was your favorite fairy tale as a child? Was that the one you selected for OUACT? Why or why not?

Robin: I didn’t have a favorite fairy tale, but some of my favorite stories as a kid were “Where the Sidewalk Ends,” “Frog & Toad” , “Kneeknock Rise” and “The Little Blue Brontosaurus.”

Kat: Hollywood has seen a resurgence of interest in classic fairy tales recently, with movies like Mirror Mirror, Snow White & The Huntsman, Hansel & Gretel, and the television shows Grimm and Once Upon a Time. If you could see any fairy tale made into a big-budget motion picture or television series, which would you choose? Why?

Robin: Having been a little too close to the sausage factory, I now refrain from eating sausage. Since Enron, Hollywood has been incapable of doing anything good, for reasons related to the corporate takeover of global power.

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